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My story about being a Green politician in Canada, and why it was the best thing I ever did.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

I still don't understand why so many people ponder this question: should I vote Liberal or Conservative next time?

I say, it doesn't matter. They are basically the same party. Both leaders wanted Canada to join the war in Iraq. Both leaders think that giving our sovereignty to multinational corporations through the security and prosperity agreement is a good idea (never heard about it? I wonder where our media was for the last few years .. google it to find out). The Conservatives campaigned on no deficit, and when they were backed into a corner, they came to love the deficit. Of course, in the budget bill, they decimated the navigable waterways act, rendering useless the consideration of the impact of dams and hydro projects on the people who live up river. Similarly, the elimination of environmental assessments, which are painted as being impediments to the necessary investment in infrastructure that will save our economy. Suddenly, it would seem that protecting the environment that protects us is suddenly out of fashion. I fear that we will choke to death on the decisions that are being made today. The Liberals supported this, and they agree with it. Each the same as the other.

In the entire history of Canada, we can look to alternating Liberal and Conservative governments to see the evolution of our democratic systems, our government and institutions. It is time that they were held to account for the abysmal management of our natural resources (where did the cod go, anyway?), for the continued repression of aboriginal minorities, for decimating the water tables in what we euphamistically call the Athabasca Tar Sands (as if there was nothing else there).

Liberal, Tory, same old story. If we continue to vote the way that we always have, we will continue to get the same results we have always gotten. Isn't it time for a change?


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